Press Release
November 20, 2017

*Statement of Akbayan Sen. Risa Hontiveros on the House of Representatives' passage of the Mental Health Bill

I laud the House of Representatives (HoR) for passing on third and final reading its version of the Mental Health Bill. After being one of the few countries left without a mental health policy, the country is now one step closer in implementing a policy that will respond to the mental health needs of Filipinos. Once enacted into law, the measure will integrate mental health into the general healthcare system.

As sponsor of the counterpart bill in the Senate, I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in Congress in finalizing the bill and having it signed into law before the year ends as a wonderful Christmas gift to the Filipino people.

The burden of mental health illness is real. But so is hope. With the eventual passage of the Mental Health Bill, help is finally on its way.

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